World


63 presumed dead in shipwreck involving Rohingya Muslims Friday, September 29th, 2017

GENEVA, (AP): The U.N. migration agency said Friday that more than 60 people are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead following the shipwreck of a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing from violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh.  Spokesman Joel Millman of the International..

Read Full Story »

Bashir says US sanctions caused immense hardship in Sudan Thursday, September 28th, 2017

KHARTOUM, (AFP): President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday that Washington's "unjust" trade embargo on Sudan had weakened the African country and caused immense hardship for its people. His comments came just two weeks before US President Donald Trump is to decide whether to permanently lift the..

Read Full Story »

Thailand’s Yingluck Shinawatra: from first female PM to fugitive Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

BANGKOK,  (AFP): Thailand's first female premier Yingluck Shinawatra followed her brother to the apex of the kingdom's political scene and will now depart it in a similar fashion: condemned to self-exile after a court handed her a five-year sentence in absentia.  Assailed by protests, a coup and..

Read Full Story »

N. Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new US travel ban Monday, September 25th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight countries cited for poor security and lack of cooperation with US authorities. The new restrictions replace an expiring 90-day measure that had locked..

Read Full Story »

Mexicans turn to church as earthquake death toll hits 320

Alexandra Alper, Lizbeth Diaz, MEXICO CITY (Reuters): Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country’s deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble since Tuesday’s tremor shook Mexico City and nearby..

Read Full Story »

US warplanes fly off N. Korea coast in new show of force Sunday, September 24th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US bombers and fighter escorts flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force against its nuclear weapons program, escalating already sky-high tensions.  The hermit state's foreign minister meanwhile derided Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" at the United..

Read Full Story »

  Bangladesh says Rohingya refugee influx over Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, (AFP): The influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh has ground to a virtual halt, officials said Saturday, almost a month after the eruption of violence in Myanmar which has seen nearly 430,000 flee in four weeks. The Rohingya Muslims have jammed camps around the..

Read Full Story »

N. Korea FM raises threat of H-bomb test in Pacific Friday, September 22nd, 2017

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korea could consider testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in retaliation to Donald Trump's threats to destroy the country, Pyongyang's Foreign Minister said Friday. In a tirade against Trump responding to the US president's thundering speech at the United Nations this..

Read Full Story »

Second Indian journalist killed in one month Thursday, September 21st, 2017

NEW DELHI, (AFP): A reporter covering political unrest in India's northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist. Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with sticks as he reported on violence Wednesday..

Read Full Story »

21 schoolchildren among nearly 250 dead in powerful Mexico quake Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

MEXICO CITY, (AFP): At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble.  The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive..

Read Full Story »

At least 93 dead in Mexico after quake – officials

MEXICO CITY (Reuters): At least 93 people were killed when a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, officials said. The state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, saw the highest death toll, with officials reporting 54 deaths. The state of Puebla, where the epicenter of the quake..

Read Full Story »

Suu Kyi appeals to global community over Rohingya crisis Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, (AFP): Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi reached out to the global community Tuesday in a broad appeal for support over a refugee crisis the UN has decried as "ethnic cleansing", urging outsiders to help her nation unite across religious and ethnic lines and offering a pathway..

Read Full Story »

3 die as buses collide at New York City intersection Monday, September 18th, 2017

NEW YORK (AP): Officials say a collision between a city bus and a tour bus at a New York City intersection has left three people dead.  Police say the crash in Flushing, Queens, killed a pedestrian on the sidewalk, the tour bus driver and a passenger on the city bus. Sixteen other people are..

Read Full Story »